MONICA, real-time control of the distribution grid

“MONICA will be a fundamental tool for managing the power system, which is gaining new protagonists.”

Energy storage, electric vehicles and their charging points, distributed generation or new electricity self-consumption systems, are forcing traditional consumption models to change and therefore the management of these also has to change. The challenge is for the distribution grid to adapt to these new active elements and to be capable of operating in a decentralised and bidirectional manner, interacting with them. Real-time knowledge of the distribution grid provided by MONICA will enable the optimal integration of these new elements, which would be practically impossible with traditional energy models. 

Sustainable and efficient energy model

With the implementation of these information and communication technologies within the current power grid, we will obtain a smart grid that enables us to offer users a more efficient and sustainable energy model. 

The MONICA Project will be carried out in the Smart City Malaga Living Lab, the Enel Group's real experiment centre for the development of power distribution technologies.

During 2017, Endesa put the communications in service for all the sensors installed throughout 56 Medium and Low Voltage Transformation Centres located in the “SmartCity Malaga” area, providing the capability of receiving a large variety of information on the MV and LV network in the Central Systems of the Distributor.

Endesa has headed the consortium that has developed the project, with the collaboration of Ayesa Advanced Technologies, Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions, Ormazábal Media Tensión and the Electrical Engineering Department of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Seville via the AICIA foundation.The total budget exceeds 3 million euros, around 1.3 million euros of which are financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the EU ERDF Funds; it forms part of the Interconnect program and it is endorsed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

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